Majordomo does all the things you write about.
Long Winded Reply:
> >The fact is, subscribers, by the thousands each day, already DO try and
> >unsubscribe from
> > majordomo and listserv based lists by posting to the list. So lets make
> >the programs
> > work that way. That's intutive, isn't it?
Uh, Majordomo already does this. Turn "administravia" on for the
desired list, and it will catch those messages before they go out to
> Going even one step further, majordomo would inspect the first line of
> emails for the keywords "Please unsubscribe me", since this seems to be the
> most common rookie cry for help. Actually, the "please" is superfluous;
> the keyword UNSUBSCRIBE anywhere in the first line of the email, upper or
> lower case or mixed, would be enough to get them removed from the list,
> and sent an email confirming that fact.
Yes, it does exactly this.
> Majordomo and other programs, in my opinion, should offer an easy, default
> 20K/daily (whichever comes first) digest mode for ALL lists set up
> thereupon. A single email address, which gets you subscribed (at least
> initially) to a 20K size limited, daily digest seems to me the best plan
> for reducing maillist chaos.
Well, yes, that's *your* opinion. :) Majordomo *does* have a digest
option, and the list owner *can* set the list up that way.
> A major netiquette faux pas rookies commit is uploading files to maillists.
> In my opinion, the majordomo default should prevent uploaded attachments
> from being re-distributed to the entire list, or else send folks an email
Mj has a per-list size limit to catch exactly these problems.
> My last suggestion concerns "Send $100 for Urkranian Brides" message that
> got spammed to so many maillists last year. A new feature that would
> require new list subscribers to lurk before they post (x days, xK,
> xdigests, xemails, whatever) would prevent such spamming. This could be
> something the mail list "mom" could decide; how long new users had to lurk
> before posting, if at all.
Yes, the "Ogla Spam" resulted in the creation of Majordomo
"taboo_headers" and "taboo_body" which can catch anything the list
owner cares to.
> I've done all I can possibly do to try and "educate" rookies how they
> SHOULD interface with maillist programs, just so I personally don't have to
> read so darned many "Please Unsubscribe Me's" I even begged AOL to let me
> re-write their maillist instrucctions. No go.
Presuming you used Majordomo, you wouldn't have these (and other)
And lest I come off sounding like a high falutin' snothead, just
because Majordomo *does* all these things doesn't mean it's perfect.
There are several areas that need improvement, such as list
administration, digestification (burp!) and general "user interface"
Chan Wilson --- firstname.lastname@example.org --- +4138-433-760
Silicon Graphics, SA. Cortaillod, Switzerland.
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